Trial of RCMP on labour charges after shootings in Moncton set for April

(CP) - More than two months have been set aside for the trial of the RCMP on four charges of Labour Code violations stemming from the force's response to a 2014 shooting rampage in Moncton.

Defence lawyers declined comment Friday as they left a pre-trial conference in Moncton, saying only that the trial will begin April 18 and is scheduled to go until the end of June.

When the force entered not guilty pleas in May 2016, lawyer Mark Ertel said the pre-trial conference would be necessary to try to condense the hearings.

Employment and Social Development Canada alleges there were four violations of the Labour Code relating to the force's equipment, training and supervision in the incident on June 4, 2014, that resulted in the deaths of three Mounties.

Justin Bourque was sentenced to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for 75 years after pleading guilty to three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.